Key points to consider before terminating your FDW’s contract

Rules for employment and terminating a foreign domestic worker vary a lot from one country to another. You can’t just wake up one day and decide to terminate the employment of your FDW after one and a half years of service because you can’t put up with them anymore. Similarly, a maid can’t just wake up one day and decide to quit because they have found a better offer somewhere else. These rules are put in place to protect both the worker and the employer. However, both the employer and the worker have the right to terminate the contract any time they wish to for whatever reasons, but they have to give a one month notice. The employer can also terminate the employment if they pay one month’s salary in lieu of notice. In addition to that, they have to file a notice of termination with the relevant department seven days in advance.


Contracts are usually terminated when they expire or when things are not working between the employer and the worker so that the two have to part ways prematurely. As part of the termination process for a contract, it is very important to follow a certain procedure, one of them being provision of feedback. As an employer, you need to provide clear instructions to the worker so that they can understand what your expectations are of them. you should pick an appropriate time and location to do this. You can provide feedback and instructions through writing or by talking to the worker.

Performance reviews

One of the most effective ways of providing feedback to your worker is through performance reviews. While providing performance review, you should set expectations for future performances. The review you provide should include your expectations, the performance of your worker, the expected actions of your worker, and the timeline for the actions you expect.

In a perfect world, when you provide feedback through performance reviews, you will see a major improvement in the output of your worker that would maybe require compliments. However, we don’t live in a perfect world, do we? As such, you may find that even with explicit feedback, certain things may remain unchanged and in need for further action. In such a case, it may be time to server the worker with a warning letter. You should highlight all concerns, expectations, and consequences for not meeting future expectations in the letter.

Contact your agency

If things are not working completely even after multiple warnings and performance reviews, you may need to contact your employment agency for help. If you have a 菲傭, check with your agency to have them assist you with the issue. The agency should provide further assistance in the form of warnings to the maid or more.

If all fails and you feel like life in your own home is not bearable anymore, there is always one last step to take and that is termination of employment contract. Make sure that this action is really necessary because it could have a huge impact on you, your family, and the maid. Talk to your family and friends and see if they can help before you take this last step.

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